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The Elements—An Illustrated History of the Periodic Table: Ponderables—100 Breakthroughs that Changed History—Who Did What When
 
 
Author
Tom Jackson.
Publisher Shelter Harbor Press  
Format hardcover
ISBN 9780985323035
Pages/Publication Date 144/2012
Daedalus Item Code 29588
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From such stories as Democritus of ancient Greece arguing that the four elements of nature—earth, water, fire, and air—must be made of atoms, and that of French aristocrat Antoine Lavoisier proving that water is not an element at all, to Dimitri Mendeleev's invention of the Periodic Table and the saga of modern scientists seeking the elusive particle that would confirm the Standard Model of particle physics, The Elements surveys the evolution of our understanding of the nature of matter. Here are 100 stories of significant advances in human knowledge with anecdotes, sidebars, and captioned illustrations—an ideal introduction to chemistry for readers 12 to adult. Along with a 101 course in the essential aspects of the science, a who's who of important thinkers, and a number of "imponderables" describing unsolved mysteries, the book features a glossy, accordion-folded pullout timeline (beautifully illustrated and more than eight feet long) that shows milestones in the field in the context of general scientific knowledge, history, and culture.
 
 
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